Downsides to the 204 for coyotes

Experiences and effectiveness in hunting with the .204 Ruger.
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Downsides to the 204 for coyotes

Post by clarkkent14 » Mon May 08, 2017 6:58 pm

I've been researching varmint calibers in order to build a new rifle for the coming season and I am pretty astonished by the data from the 204. I knew of the caliber but didn't know much about it. After reviewing lots of info on this forum and other places I starting to wonder what the downsides are for coyotes. I only really hunt coyotes and I don't use my rifles for much else. If I decide to go the 204 route, I will likely build an AR upper this year and a bolt gun next year.

I'm seeing no advantage to a .223 over .204

Velocity is better
ft lb energy is roughly the same if not better with some loads
wind drift is negligible (not many publish this data)
Ammo is about the same price (if not cheaper)
Bullets are the same price
Brass is the same price
Both can use the AR platform
Both can be suppressed

Are there really any big downsides to the .204 Ruger for coyotes? What have you experienced? I'm wondering why this isn't more popular for hunting coyotes???


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Re: Downsides to the 204 for coyotes

Post by TEXAS222 » Tue May 09, 2017 10:30 am

Bullet choices. So many more .224's to choose from. Lots of 204 bullets have the splat factor, splashing on coyotes instead of penetrating.
Probably the #1 204 bullet for coyote size predators is the 35 Berger or 40 Berger if you have enough barrel twist to shoot it. Not many factory loaded Berger's to be found.

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Re: Downsides to the 204 for coyotes

Post by Darkker » Sat May 27, 2017 9:29 am

Tejas is exactly right on bullet importance.
In any weight, the Vmax have always been erratic for me.
Purely by accident, I found the 34gr Varmint Nightmare bullets to be amazing on coyotes. My only suggestion is keep the shots under 300 yards, OR be very conscientious about bullet placement at that distance.
I'm a firm believer in the theory that if it bleeds, I can kill it.

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